Notes: DL stint possible for Cano

Notes: DL stint possible for Cano

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are hoping that Robinson Cano and his injured left hamstring can avoid a trip to the disabled list, but the club won't make that decision for another day or two.

Cano left Sunday night's game in the sixth inning after pulling up lame at second base following a double. He underwent treatment on Sunday night and Monday afternoon and said that he would undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.

"I just felt something grab at my hamstring when I got close to second," Cano said. "I didn't feel anything pop; something just grabbed. It's definitely better than last night."

Following Monday night's game, manager Joe Torre said that while no decision has been made with regards to the DL, it was unlikely that Cano would be on the field in the immediate future.

"It's not too bad, but that doesn't mean he's going to play in the next week or 10 days," Torre said. "We'll have to make a decision."

Monday morning, general manager Brian Cashman spoke with team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon, who had already been in touch with Cano. The decision was made not to place Cano on the DL immediately, giving the second baseman some time to see how the hamstring responded.

"I think it's more likely that we would [place him on the DL] than we wouldn't, but that's just because of what I saw when he was walking off the field," Cashman said. "He's doing better right now. We didn't do a roster move today, which tells you that there's a little bit of hope that it could be avoided."

"We'll just have to evaluate it and figure out what the best course of action is," Torre said. "We're holding off on the disabled list just to see how this reacts in the next 24 to 48 hours."

Cano said it would be "probably a few days" before he could play again, but he hoped to avoid a DL stint. Cano has never had any problems with his hamstring before, and he said he doesn't feel any pain when he walks.

"A lot of injuries, you don't feel them as much the day you do them as you do the next day. The fact that he feels better today, there's some hope there," Torre said. "For certain, if we do make a decision to put him on the DL, it will be the safest way to go. It's not going to be a concern for our needs as much as his needs."

Should Cano land on the DL, infielder Nick Green would likely be called up from Triple-A Columbus.

The Yankees have had their share of injuries this season, losing Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui for most of the year with wrist injuries. Every other starting player has missed limited time with minor injuries, though none of them have landed on the DL.

"I hope everybody burned the old tapes when I said he was the only one of the starting nine that hadn't missed any games due to injury or illness," Torre said with a smile. "Now we have a full complement of all nine starting spots."

Phill-ing in? Should Cano land on the disabled list, Miguel Cairo would likely take his place as the starting second baseman. Not that he'd be the only option.

Andy Phillips, who played a lot of second base during his Minor League career, will be ready if the Yankees need him. Phillips took his infielder's glove to the field during batting practice on Monday, though Torre said he has no plans to use him there any time soon.

"It's not that I wouldn't [use him at second], but I wouldn't think of starting him at second," Torre said. "There are games where you do what you need to do. He'll attack the position like he does everything else, but that's not an option for us right now."

Optimistic Octavio: Octavio Dotel made 30 throws from 45 feet on flat ground on Monday, just four days after receiving a cortisone shot to relieve the tendinitis behind his right elbow.

Dotel will spend the rest of the week with the Yankees, then head to Tampa next Monday. There is no date set for him to get back into Minor League games.

"I feel great; that's the only thing I can say," Dotel said. "We have to find out that I'm 100 percent good, and then we'll pick a day to get back in games."

Torre said last week that Dotel would likely be ready to join the Yankees in about a month, but Dotel remains hopeful that it will be less than that.

"I hope it's not a month," the pitcher said. "If they think that, what can I say? They're my boss."

Giambi fine: Jason Giambi sat out the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with back stiffness, but he played the nightcap, starting at first base.

Giambi made a pair of errors in that game, but Torre said Monday that the mistakes on the field had nothing to do with his back.

"He wouldn't have played first base if there was any physical problem," Torre said. "I know he didn't do a very good job over there, but there was no excuse physically for it."

Giambi started as the DH on Monday, and he appeared to have no trouble at the plate, homering in each of his first two at-bats.

Small's world: Aaron Small, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees last week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. Small accepted the assignment and will likely work as a starter for the Clippers.

Happy Birthday: Derek Jeter turned 32 on Monday and Mike Myers turned 37.

Quote of the day: "I'm getting to an age now that every team that comes in here brings back memories for me. That's the organization I started in when they were in Milwaukee, and even before that, my brother played for them. It's something that will always be a part of my career and my memory bank." -- Torre, on facing the Braves this week

Coming up: The Yankees and Braves play the second of three games on Tuesday, as Jaret Wright takes on his former team for the first time since leaving Atlanta. Horacio Ramirez starts for the Braves. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.